Brooklyn College Theatre Faculty Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship

Three professors from Brooklyn College’s Creative Writing MFA program were awarded with a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship earlier this week, the trio being among the 172 other winners across the United States and Canada.

That three professors from the same college were awarded the same honor on the same year out of thousands is not only astounding, but also a true testament to the college and its staff.

Professor and poet Louis Asekoff, 73, was awarded a $50,000 grant. Asekoff has taught at Brooklyn College for 42 years. He plans on using his award to fund a book of poetry titled “Clermont.”

Ben Lerner, 34, was awarded $50,000. His 2011 debut novel “Leaving the Atocha Station” won the Believer Book Award. Lerner will be cutting back on teaching during the 2014-2015 year on account of his award.

Erin Courtney, 45, was awarded $48,000. Beginning in January she will take a year off. In 2012 she was awarded the Obie award for her play “A Map of Virtue.” Her next play is titled “Lucky Day.”

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, started by US Senator Simon Guggenheim in 1925. Each year the foundation selects a handful of contenders and funds them with grant money to further the knowledge and creation of the arts.

Originally reported by the NY Daily News.

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